Lawyers love to donate

September 15, 2008
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Lawyers like to give money to campaigns. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, lawyers and the legal industry in Indiana are the second-leading industry in donations to political campaigns. In 2008, the legal community has donated nearly $1 million. Retirees in Indiana lead the state in donations – go figure.

Our state’s top contributors include Baker & Daniels, Barnes & Thornburg, and Ice Miller. Those three firms’ political action groups and attorneys have collectively donated $371,361 to local and national campaigns, and other political action groups.

Data from the Center for Responsive Politics also reveals how much money lawyers and law firms nationwide have donated to the presidential candidates. Republican nominee Sen. John McCain has received $8 million; Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama has received three times that amount. Taking a look at long-term donations to political parties by lawyers and law firms, the amount of donations to the Democratic Party has consistently been more than donations to the Republican Party by nearly three-to-one.

Why are Democrats more often on the receiving end of donations from attorneys and law firms instead of Republicans? Are Democratic attorneys more likely to donate than Republicans to political parties or is it more attorneys agree with the ideas of the Democratic Party?
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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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